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2022-2023 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Archaeological Studies, B.A.

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Archaeology in recent years has become much more interdisciplinary than it has ever been in the past. Therefore, it is critical that students pursuing careers in archaeological studies receive interdisciplinary training. The program we offer provides many of the same components as the larger specialized university programs. The major requires introductory work in American archaeology (from the Anthropology Department), survey of art and architecture from the ancient to modern periods (from the Art Department) and physical and historical geology (from the Geology Department). Upper-division requirements include courses dealing with Old World archaeology, New World archaeology and applied technical areas. Historical sciences, such as archaeology, deal with incomplete knowledge from the past. Successful archaeologists, therefore, must develop acute problem solving and critical thinking skills. The interdisciplinary nature of the major assures that our students will be familiar enough with the appropriate related disciplines to accomplish this. The major also provides the appropriate knowledge and skills for more specialized careers in conservation, museology and service in government agencies such as the National Park Service.

Program Requirements

Required Courses: 24-27 Credits

Elective Courses: 9-10 Credits

One from each group. Additional courses may be used with approval from the Archaeological Studies Coordinator or Department Chair.

Recommended Coursework Outside the Major

The Archaeology faculty encourages majors to work closely with their advisers in planning coursework to satisfy postgraduate objectives.


  • Students must earn at least a 2.0/S grade for all courses to be counted for the major.
  • Students may only “double-count” two courses for an additional major or minor.

Total Credit Hours Required: 34-38

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